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Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do Hardcover – 4 May 2009


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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618758194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618758197
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HardCover Pub Date: 2009. Pages: 336 in Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt of the An honest and groundeaking guide to understanding the complicated emotions that develop between stepmothers and children. When faced with the often overwhelming challenges. What woman a with stepchildren is unfamiliar with that stepmonster feeling Half of all women in the United States will live with or marry a man with children. To guide women new to this role-and empower those who are struggling with it-Wednesday Martin draws upon her own experience as a stepmother. She's frank about the harrowing process of becoming a stepmother. she considers the myths and realities of being married to a man with children. and she counteracts the cultural notion that stepmothers are solely responsible for the problems that often develop. Along the way. she interviews other stepmothers and stepchildren and...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms Mags Duncan on 8 Aug. 2013
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Thoroughly well written. Explains the feelings and thoughts we all have had. Deals with stepmonster issue beautifully. I found my husband's ex-wife in here too, almost waving from the pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss K C Powell on 20 July 2013
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This is an interestingly broad and honest view on the role of the stepmother and what being a stepmother feels like. It addresses the isolation and long-term corrosive effects of being a stepmother as well as looking both critically and sympathetically at the roles of the other people in the stepmother's life. It is useful to have clear acknowledgement of the difficulties a stepmother faces and confirmation that it is, in the end, important to look after oneself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alithino on 28 Feb. 2013
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I found this book a lifesaver in my early days as a stepmother. It explained a lot of the difficult feelings and put things in perspective for me. I'd recommend it to anyone in this position. Very insightful and realistic. It helped me define my role much better than a lot of other books on the subject that err too much on the side of idealism...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ina Thorpe on 12 Oct. 2013
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Anyone in a relationship with a man with children needs to read this book. I saw myself, my partner and my stepchildren in this book. I wish I had read it sooner. I have now given it to my partner to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Writtengems on 26 Jun. 2014
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An extremely helpful, honest and comforting book on the role of the stepmother. This book discusses the dynamics of a step-family without demonising any party, as is so often the case with other step-parenting books. It sets out realistic and achievable expectations with regards to a 'blended' family. This book was a tremendous strength to me in the early days of step-parenting. It helped me define my role as a step-parent and I learnt to protect myself from the more corrosive elements of family life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaisyS on 17 July 2014
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A book that eloquently describes the angst that stepmothers often have to struggle with. As a stepmother to 4 teenagers, it reflected very accurately my own experiences and difficulties with the often less than motherly thoughts I have had toward hostile teens. Partners would be well advised to also read this book!
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